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#4668396 - 02/17/18 12:21 AM Dallas traffic is relentless
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
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Loc: USA
I'm one state north of TX so I can make a day trip down to Dallas a few times a year. For the most part we have the same stuff, but Dallas has some unique character in certain spots and I have a handful of restaurants I like to visit. (plus they have places like El Pollo Loco and In n Out Burger because of all the Cali transplants)

For the record, the traffic there has never really been good. Even when I made trips down there in the 90s it was just constant commotion.

But man the population growth has really made the place into a zoo now. They make the interstates wider and wider, but it seems like they just can't keep up.

For those who live in the area -- how do you do it?

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#4668404 - 02/17/18 12:46 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: Reddy45]
40w8 Offline


Registered: 12/24/14
Posts: 77
Loc: Texas
I live in West Texas with Toltag on car. Several DFW freeways that are toll are clear enough. Hotels are cheaper on weekends, and the business crowds are less.

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#4668405 - 02/17/18 12:50 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 10/13/14
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I've spent 75% of my years in Texas. My perspective for the larger cities here has always been driving in Dallas traffic is worse than Houston, and San Antonio traffic is a distant third. With everything that's happened in Austin since the mid-80's, I now rank driving in Austin traffic equivalent to Houston.

A recent national study ranked Dallas as having 10th worst traffic congestion in the nation with no other Texas cities mentioned so I think my perspective has been scientifically validated. I really hate the number of blind "Thou Shalt Merge" freeway on-ramps in the Dallas area.
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#4668407 - 02/17/18 01:04 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: Nyogtha]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
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Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Nyogtha
I've spent 75% of my years in Texas. My perspective for the larger cities here has always been driving in Dallas traffic is worse than Houston, and San Antonio traffic is a distant third. With everything that's happened in Austin since the mid-80's, I now rank driving in Austin traffic equivalent to Houston.

A recent national study ranked Dallas as having 10th worst traffic congestion in the nation with no other Texas cities mentioned so I think my perspective has been scientifically validated. I really hate the number of blind "Thou Shalt Merge" freeway on-ramps in the Dallas area.


The last bit reminded me of exactly that.

Driving through from Denton down into central Dallas.. it's just non stop on ramps and off ramps for miles and miles. On my way back home, I saw a sign that said:

DENTON
NEXT 16 EXITS

I didn't realize it had grown so much! On top of that I've never seen that type of sign have that high of a number! For the longest time Denton was literally a blink of an eye between Sanger and Lewsville.

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#4668425 - 02/17/18 02:46 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 07/21/13
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I live 36 miles from my work place, but the morning commutes average about 60 minutes and the afternoon commutes average about 90 minutes to travel that 36 miles.

The traffic situation for me is relatively better now that they have finished the construction on the (only) 2 routes I can take to/from work, but even though it is better than what it was for a few years in a row, it's still difficult to endure without losing my sanity and reenacting Michael Douglas's character in Falling Down... mad

If I'm not careful though, I can get caught in a real hum-dinger of a traffic jam, and given my rather unique living location (other side of a lake from work city), it is not unheard of for a trip home to exceed 3 hours of drive time due to a road-closing or traffic rerouting. THOSE are the days when I truly just want to start hurting people...anyone...everyone I see in fact! shocked

But luckily, I'm feeling much better now crazy
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#4668434 - 02/17/18 03:47 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: Reddy45]
sleddriver Offline


Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 4609
Loc: Central Texas
Austin traffic is just as insane. Except this whole area suffers from politicians who are against roads. They want to force drivers into mass transit, to ride bicycles and to walk. I doubt any of the city council does. I-35 through Austin hasn't been updated in 42 years!!! There are 'loops' here that never have looped.

Just recently the silly council decided to eliminate ALL free parking downtown due to the effects of 'climate change' and to 'force' people to take mass transit, or walk, or bicycle.

Ridiculous......
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#4668445 - 02/17/18 04:56 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: Reddy45]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21203
Loc: Orlando, FL
Lots of people are moving to Texas cause of all the talk about jobs, affordable housing and no state income tax.

Will Texas turn into a California in 20 years ?

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#4668446 - 02/17/18 04:57 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: The_Nuke]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29792
Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: The_Nuke
I live 36 miles from my work place, but the morning commutes average about 60 minutes and the afternoon commutes average about 90 minutes to travel that 36 miles.

The traffic situation for me is relatively better now that they have finished the construction on the (only) 2 routes I can take to/from work, but even though it is better than what it was for a few years in a row, it's still difficult to endure without losing my sanity and reenacting Michael Douglas's character in Falling Down... mad

If I'm not careful though, I can get caught in a real hum-dinger of a traffic jam, and given my rather unique living location (other side of a lake from work city), it is not unheard of for a trip home to exceed 3 hours of drive time due to a road-closing or traffic rerouting. THOSE are the days when I truly just want to start hurting people...anyone...everyone I see in fact! shocked

But luckily, I'm feeling much better now crazy


I wish we made times like that for a 36 mile commute. Commutes here of about 20 miles during rush hour take longer. God forbid I have to work in NYC, I won't even tell you how bad that is.

"Falling Down" great movie! I'll leave it at that! wink
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#4668455 - 02/17/18 05:18 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: sleddriver]
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Registered: 10/09/14
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Loc: Idaho
Originally Posted By: sleddriver
Austin traffic is just as insane. Except this whole area suffers from politicians who are against roads. They want to force drivers into mass transit, to ride bicycles and to walk. I doubt any of the city council does. I-35 through Austin hasn't been updated in 42 years!!! There are 'loops' here that never have looped.

Just recently the silly council decided to eliminate ALL free parking downtown due to the effects of 'climate change' and to 'force' people to take mass transit, or walk, or bicycle.

Ridiculous......
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#4668461 - 02/17/18 05:29 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: Mr Nice]
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Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6415
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
Lots of people are moving to Texas cause of all the talk about jobs, affordable housing and no state income tax.

Will Texas turn into a California in 20 years ?



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#4668472 - 02/17/18 06:00 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 5323
Loc: DFW
Texas will be worse than California because its focus is purely on commerce and growth and not on people or quality of life. There will be a piper to be paid and those of use who've lived here for decades with eyes open have seen that loan agreement. It's similar in other high growth areas, though, the stewards of this state are even better at the role of pimp, whoring the place out. I'm not praising California nor holding it up as an example. If you live here and speak positively of anything that's not Texas you're branded a "libtard" or some equally xenophobic moniker.

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#4668494 - 02/17/18 07:24 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: demarpaint]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15718
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: demarpaint
Originally Posted By: The_Nuke
I live 36 miles from my work place, but the morning commutes average about 60 minutes and the afternoon commutes average about 90 minutes to travel that 36 miles.

The traffic situation for me is relatively better now that they have finished the construction on the (only) 2 routes I can take to/from work, but even though it is better than what it was for a few years in a row, it's still difficult to endure without losing my sanity and reenacting Michael Douglas's character in Falling Down... mad

If I'm not careful though, I can get caught in a real hum-dinger of a traffic jam, and given my rather unique living location (other side of a lake from work city), it is not unheard of for a trip home to exceed 3 hours of drive time due to a road-closing or traffic rerouting. THOSE are the days when I truly just want to start hurting people...anyone...everyone I see in fact! shocked

But luckily, I'm feeling much better now crazy


I wish we made times like that for a 36 mile commute. Commutes here of about 20 miles during rush hour take longer. God forbid I have to work in NYC, I won't even tell you how bad that is.

"Falling Down" great movie! I'll leave it at that! wink


When I read posts like yours, I come to realize just how fortunate I am to have a 25 mile commute that I can do in 35 minutes with no real effort to make time.
I can understand the issues around NYC since there are only so many ways of getting to Manhattan.
IIRC, you live on LI, so any commute to Manhattan is going to be tortuous, but Dallas, a city surrounded with lots of open space?
Sounds like a lack of urban planning as well as a lack of transportation options.
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#4668503 - 02/17/18 07:36 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 12/27/09
Posts: 4952
Loc: Tn.
Everyone has to have a car,,,really, all you need is a small ride,,no need for a 300 HP ride,,imho..yes FWD area is insane, ran freight through there a few years back,,insane is the word, but so is Atlanta, Nashville, and Chicago and NY...all nuts.
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#4668507 - 02/17/18 07:47 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: Reddy45]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21203
Loc: Orlando, FL
Just like Florida.... there were many podunk small 2 horse towns 30 years ago that are now booming with crazy population growth and that means a lot more traffic and congestion.

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#4668511 - 02/17/18 07:53 AM Re: Dallas traffic is relentless [Re: Mr Nice]
CourierDriver Offline


Registered: 12/27/09
Posts: 4952
Loc: Tn.
Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
Just like Florida.... there were many podunk small 2 horse towns 30 years ago that are now booming with crazy population growth and that means a lot more traffic and congestion.


You got that right, even my favorite Pensacola has go crazy,,I miss it from the 60s.
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